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More Than 20,000 Runners Participate In Festival

"Runners ready ... Start!" echoed through the streets of Baltimore Oct. 10 as the ninth annual Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival kicked off with a marathon, half-marathon, 5K race and team relay. 

More than 20,000 people, including five Olympians, from all 50 states and 44 countries piled onto Baltimore's city streets. Even a team of American soldiers, led by Capt. Timothy Kirby, ran a 13-mile "shadow race" through the heat and hills of northern Iraq at the same time as the Running Festival back home.

Here's a quick look at the top finishers:

MARATHON

MEN
Alphonce Yatich - 2:14:04
Isaac Macharia - 2:15:53
Elijah Nyabuti - 2:17:12

WOMEN
Iuliia Arkipova - 2:32:09
Tatiana Pushkareva - 2:35:45
Natalia Sokolova - 2:37:50

HALF-MARATHON

MEN
John Crews - 1:07:24
Joel Mwaura - 1:08:05 (Waldorf)
Grigoriy Andreev - 1:08:37

WOMEN
Kayoko Obata - 1:15:17
Mary Gill - 1:20:41
Christine Ramsey - 1:21:37 (Baltimore)

5K

MEN
Bado Merdessa - 14:51
Abiyot Endale - 14:56 (Washington, D.C.)
Karl Dusen - 15:33 (N. Bethesda)

WOMEN
Susan Hendrick - 17:57 (Washington, D.C.)
Sherry Stick - 18:08 (Eldersburg)
Shelley Cameron - 20:17

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On a sad note, a 23-year-old man collapsed less than two miles from the finish and later died at Union Memorial Hospital. It was the second death in the event's nine-year history.

--Krystina Lucido

Issue 142: October 2009